Dream Final Set In Halle: Roger Federer v Alexander Zverev

Roger Federer advanced to the semifinals of the Gerry Weber Open for the 13th time by beating defending champion Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-4 Friday.

Federer won the Australian Open in January - his first Grand Slam success in five years - despite not playing in the previous six months, claimed the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells in March and won the Miami Open two weeks later.

In the semi-final, he eased past his Russian opponent Karen Khachanov 6-4 7-6 (5), to reach his 11th final in Halle. The Russian then missed two set points before Federer took it to the tiebreaker.

The 134th-ranked German made the quarter-finals by seeing off French sixth seed Lucas Pouille 6-7 (6/8), 6-4, 6-3.

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The Australian Open champion did not lose a set in Halle as he won his 92nd ATP Tour title to prepare for SW19 in the flawless manner.

While Federer will be expected to get his ninth title here at the Halle Open, Zverev had proven that he can compete with the best as he defeated Novak Djokovic earlier this year.

Zverev did finally set up a break point on the Federer serve in the first game of the second set, but it passed by and Federer raced on to complete victory.

Lopez, meanwhile, had to overcome a 45-minute delay during the second set, when he regained composure to see off Dimitrov, the player who had beaten him in the 2014 final at the west London venue. This was their third meeting and the second win for Roger, who lost to Sascha in the semi-final here 12 months ago.

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"It was important to be aggressive off the baseline and make him feel my variation and the power I can bring to the court", Federer said.

"I think it was a very good week for me again making the finals here. He uses slice, he comes in, he chips and charges, he loops the ball and serves/volleys a little bit, so he's really going to throw everything at me", said the Swiss great.

Mayer, 33, squandered two break points at 1-0 in the second set and paid the price as Federer broke again and never relinquished his advantage to win in just over an hour. I know he wants it badly, so it will be a tough one.

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